Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, July 21 (KMS): Kashmir is internationally recognized as a disputed territory whose final status is yet to be determined by the people. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and have fought three wars during the past half-century. This is a matter that urgently needs to be put on a road to find a just and viable solution.

The heart of the matter is that Kashmir is an occupied country. Its sovereignty and right to self-determination is being ignored. India insists that this state, which is nestled in the Himalayas between Pakistan and India, is an integral part of India and refuses to negotiate in any manner with the people of Kashmir or with Pakistan. The claim is rejected not only by the people of Kashmir but also by the international community. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for complete shutdown and a peaceful sit-in protest outside the UN office in Srinagar, tomorrow, against the surge in killings by Indian forces in the territory.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar said that the killing of youth in the name of militants, over ground workers, sympathizers, protesters and secessionists continued as systematic genocide and planned execution of the Kashmiris with impunity. The leaders said that the peaceful sit-in protest will be held outside the UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar after Friday prayers, which will be jointly offered at Astaana-e-Aaliya Sonawar. The objective of the protest is to urge the United Nations to ask India to stop the massacre of people in Kashmir and to remind the World Body to fulfill its commitments made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Islamabad, July 20 (KMS): The Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nafees Zakaria has said that Pakistan strongly condemns Indian troops’ continued violations along Line of Control (LoC).

Nafees Zakaria was speaking during the weekly media briefing at the Foreign Office here in Islamabad on Thursday.

He also remarked that India had violated ceasefire agreement about 58 times in the current year, adding that dozens of innocent Kashmiris, including children, had been targeted by Indian troops. »

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New Delhi, July 20 (KMS): Senior Congress leader, P. Chidambaram has termed Modi government’s claim that situation in occupied Kashmir is improving as misleading if compared to the situation on the grounds.

P. Chidambaram talking to media persons in New Delhi said that since July 10 casualties had been reported everyday from occupied Kashmir. “Besides, many were injured in clashes between civilians and forces, yet the government claims situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved. The statement made by the Government is wrong and misleading if compared with the situation on the grounds.” »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Tahoor Sidiqi and Manzoor Ahmad, today, visited Bijbihara, Islamabad, and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of Muhammad Abdullah Ganie who was killed by Indian forces without any reason.

The Hurriyat leaders on the occasion said that India had provided lenience to cruel forces to kill Kashmiri people in the shape of black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). They said killing has become a routine for forces and they feel proud for killing innocent people. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured after Indian forces’ personnel used brute force during protests against the killing of a second standard girl student in Shopian district, today.

According to media reports, Indian Army’s fast moving vehicle deliberately hit the minor girl identified as Arooba and crushed her to death in Aglar Zainapora area of the district. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for a complete shutdown and a peaceful sit-in protest outside the UN office in Srinagar, tomorrow (Friday), against the surge in killings by Indian forces in the territory.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar said, “Kashmiris are being killed and branded as terrorists in the garb of fighting ‘Islamic terrorism’.” The leaders said that the killing of youth after calling them militants, over ground workers (OGWs) of militants, protesters, secessionists, and sympathizers of the movement was the systematic and planned execution of the Kashmiris to wipe them out with impunity. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of traders organizations, reiterating its stand to oppose the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the territory by India, has said that it will resist all moves aimed at eroding special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of Indian Constitution.

The JKCC in a statement in Srinagar said that it would intensify its programme to restore original constitutional position enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat, Syed Ali Gilani, has demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiris including pro-freedom leaders and activists.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that more than five hundred pro-freedom leaders and activists were arrested during mass uprising last year and hundreds of innocent youth were booked under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA). He said that despite their deteriorating health, many detainees were not being released. »

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Srinagar, July 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has directed the puppet administration to file compliance on shifting of senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt from Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu to the Kashmir Valley.

The court directed the authorities to file compliance report in light of its earlier directions within two weeks. “The authorities shall be at liberty to file the counter affidavit within the same period,” the court added. »

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